Domestic Violence: Curbing Abuse of Women at Safest Place​​

Purnima Gautam
Assistant Professor, Rajasthan School of Law for Women, India.

Volume IV, Issue I, 2021

Women have been subject of different forms of violence from time immemorial. Domestic violence is one of the extreme forms of abuse committed within family which is considered to be a safest place for any human. The United National Committee on Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in its General Recommendations has recommended that State parties should act to protect women against violence of any kind, especially that occurring within the family. Indian Constitution has made a number of provisions for protecting the rights and status of women.  After briefly discussing the measures under Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Constitution of India this paper focuses on remedy provided under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. The prime object of this Act is to protect women from domestic violence. This Act is different from the earlier legislation, as it not only includes physical or sexual abuse but also verbal or emotional abuses, which were not taken into consideration by the earlier laws.

This paper also focuses that in order to render speedy and effective remedy to the victim of Domestic Violence there shall be a effective implementation of this Act. There is an immediate need to resist and report of abuse of Domestic Violence. The courts should not be reluctant in passing the orders within the prescribed time limit.​